Morgan Smith Reporter

Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.

Recent Contributions

Texas School Finance Trial Enters Phase Two

After a trial that lasted more than three months, Judge John Dietz ruled in February that the state's school finance system is unconstitutional.
After a trial that lasted more than three months, Judge John Dietz ruled in February that the state's school finance system is unconstitutional.

Lawyers representing nearly two-thirds of Texas school districts in a lawsuit against the state argued Tuesday that not only was a 2013 legislative funding boost short term, but that other changes had increased costs for schools.

 

Patrick Knocks Dewhurst for Leaving Finance Chair Empty

Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston, during a December 2012 press conference to discuss education reform in Texas.
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and Sen. Dan Patrick R-Houston, during a December 2012 press conference to discuss education reform in Texas.

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst fielded an attack Monday from state Sen. Dan Patrick for failing to appoint a new chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, saying the delay has prevented the committee from tackling the work it needs to do before the 2015 legislative session.